Garden Polyglot

Now retired, Saqib Mir meets Peer Sirajuddin Shah, who picked up 13 different languages while working in a Mughal garden Imagine a person who speaks more than a dozen languages without learning either of them...

Model Struggler

More than 24 years after a bullet reduced him to the wheelchair, Javed Ahmad Tak talked to Iqra Akhoon, a day after he received his Padma Shree from President Ramnath Kovind My name is Javaid...

Defusing A Cripple

A labourer’s son had lost his arm while watching a scarp dealer struggle to extract valuable metals from an abandoned explosive device. It took him a lot of time to train his only hand...

The Ladakh Lady

Last week, President Ramnath Kovind handed over Padma Bushan to Dr Tsering Landol. The honour came to her after APJ Avul Kalam gave her Padma Shree in 2006. This was in acknowledgement of the...

On Toes

Armless by birth, Irshad Ahmad Ganie uses his toes to compensate for his handicap, reports Hilal Shah Irshad Ahmad Ganie, 23, a resident of village Sever of Lolab in border Kupwara district is armless by...

Weatherman Jr

A young undergraduate passionate about weather forecasting has emerged as the new weatherman in virtual Kashmir, reports Minhaj Masoodi If the weather is gloomy or the mercury is up, one person is always in discussion...

Saviour Swimmer

Bashir Ahmad, an expert swimmer, has so far saved scores of people from drowning in Sindh River and is the key help for people living between Sonamarg and Ganderbal, reports Saifullah Bashir Twelve hours after...

Chenab’s Ababeel

Saifullah Bashir meets the group leader that oversees the Chenab region like a bird and tries everything to mitigate the crisis In 2014 when devastating floods hit Kashmir, a group of youth in Chenab...

Against All Odds

Despite losing his right arm at 10, Sayer Abdullah, 23, now drives an SUV and goes on off-road trips, reports Khalid Bashir Gura On the morning of September 17, 2007, a school bus carried students wearing neatly ironed...

A Lady Karvaan

Mehru N Nisa meets the young female scribe who crowdsources book to establish libraries for the underprivileged For the inmates at Daarul Muhsinaat, an orphanage in Singhpora Pattan, the thought of having a library was...

The Road Raahat

Frequent closure of highway leaves a flood of people stranded thus encouraging the residents to have structured and sustainable initiatives to manage huger reports Parrey Babar When the highway has a crisis, a group gets hyperactive. Raahat is a...

A Reading Room 

A woman in Jammu sets up a library on her property to encourage students to read and gradually it is emerging a model for societies where families lack enough of space or the situation...

A Visionary Carpenter

Years after he picked the special carpentry skill, he lost his eyesight completely. This led Ghulam Qadir to accept the challenge and he started managing his work for all these years, flawlessly, reports Waseem...

A Brave Battle

While putting up a brave fight against a life-threatening disease and even losing his wife to discord, a young man ensured that he completes his PhD in time, reports Khalid Bashir Gura “Life is what happens...

Highway Helpers

The road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the world is tricky and unstable. It turns bloody on the drop of a hat. Authorities apart, there are various groups voluntarily working to rescue people...

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